Six minutes to save a life: Harvard Heart Letter's heart attack

Published: January, 2004

BOSTON, MA – When it comes to cardiac arrest, you may have at the most six minutes to save someone's life. This small window of opportunity means that knowing and understanding the threat of cardiac arrest is extremely vital. The February issue of Harvard Heart Letter defines this type of heart attack, discusses ways to recognize it, and outlines steps readers can take if they see someone go into cardiac arrest.

Recognizing the signs can make response time quicker and may help save a life. Someone having a cardiac arrest:

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